China can’t get enough of high speeds. Already boasting the world’s largest high-speed rail network, the country is poised to speed up its air travel. Chinese online travel company Ctrip announced on April 25 the completion of a strategic investment in US supersonic jet startup Boom Supersonic. No specific details about the size of this investment were revealed.

The investment comes as a surprise because it’s not directly related to Ctrip’s core business and the project is still premature for business application. But the online travel firm is pretty optimistic about this tie-up.

“Such strategic investment offers a wealth of opportunities for both companies. Ctrip makes investments in the future so that we remain at the forefront of providing top services for our users. The future that the Chinese market holds is positive and we hope that from this investment and collaboration with Boom, they could help us to discuss arranging 10-15 seats in one of the first supersonic flights,” Ctrip spokesperson told TechNode.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.